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Old April 13 2014, 03:59 PM   #46
JirinPanthosa
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Re: Which Godlike beings would be the best at guiding humanity?

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At least the Shadows from Babylon 5 actually handed tech out. In stargate, you could ascend, then bring tech back. Heck that series even had tech that could neutralize mental beings.

I'd love to see someone hit a switch and Q fall from the sky.

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Didn't they develop a weapon against Q in one of those Voyager episodes?
No. They picked up weapons built by Q to use against Q off the ground and pointed them at a Q.
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Old April 13 2014, 06:30 PM   #47
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Re: Which Godlike beings would be the best at guiding humanity?

I thought they did something with supernovae or something.
Whatever it was, there was a direct physical relation between what happened in the Q continuum and the galaxy. So it is possible to build weapons to attack Q.
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Old April 13 2014, 09:29 PM   #48
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Re: Which Godlike beings would be the best at guiding humanity?

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Interesting that you'd select social Darwinism as an inherently pejorative phrase to apply to my selection here--I was thinking more of actual, genuine, biological change, through a very sophisticated form of breeding program.
My question then would have to be for what purpose exactly? IMHO, we've technologically progressed very far (too far) while our social development has almost come to a standstill. And it's rather frightening that the corresponding message from Charles Chaplin's speech / film "The Great Dictator" from over 70 years ago is as up-to-date as ever.
In Yoda's words "illuminated beings we are, not just that crude matter". And biological change is still "crude matter".

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Why don't you propose an alternative answer? Not a "no God"-type equivocation, but an answer derived from Trek canon. And tell me why your choice would be better than Nagilum.
Fair enough! Now I couldn't possibly side with Nagilum or the Shadows because I believe wholeheartedly in the Golden Rule
(there must be some universal truth to it, after all Jesus said it and even Richard Dawkins agrees with it ) and that we have free will that enables us to live or thrive not at the expense of others.

I thought about the Organians ("Errand of Mercy"), first, but there goes free will.

Next the Metrons came to mind. What I really liked about their attitude was to deprive Kirk and the Gorn captain instantly of their "push the button" capabilities. Wanna kill each other? Fine, but then you have to get your hands dirty and nobody else is doing your dirty work, you two characters will do it yourselves.

If instead of modern military warfare, we'd be forced (civilized as we now are) to look our victims straight into the eye, I'd guess we'd already have a lot less of pain and agony.

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Bob, your choice is based on how much you like the process. But I want the result--maybe Vorlonish or Metronish or Organianish or even Qish humanity at some point. Faster than we'd get there ourselves.

The idea of personal conflict to resolve grander disputes is appealing. It is. No question. But how does that evolve us as a species? If we want a god that gets us somewhere, I was thinking that Nagilum's harsh methods could advance us quickly, based on a punctuated equilibria approach to evolution--isolated subpopulations subjected to dire selection pressures, with extreme mortality rates and fixing of recessives through inbreeding; then outbreeding for hybrid vigor. Nagilum's pocket universes applied to the Federation (or maybe the whole Alpha quadrant) would be ideal for that approach.
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Old April 13 2014, 10:50 PM   #49
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I would have to say the best Beings to guide humanity through the process of space exploration would have to be the Trill. The knowledge that the Trill accumulates over its entire lifetime along with the knowledge of its host would make for a rather insight and intelligent leader.
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Old April 14 2014, 12:13 AM   #50
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That's why Goa'uld were acting as Gods. Oops, wrong franchise! Tihihi.
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Old April 14 2014, 12:26 AM   #51
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Re: Which Godlike beings would be the best at guiding humanity?

None of them would have been up to the job. One of the biggest messages of Star Trek is that everyone is imperfect, including the "godlike" beings, they would inevitably create a mess that would end in disaster.
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Old April 14 2014, 09:46 AM   #52
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Based on every godlike being we've seen, I'd say none of them.
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Old April 14 2014, 05:32 PM   #53
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The idea of personal conflict to resolve grander disputes is appealing. It is. No question. But how does that evolve us as a species? If we want a god that gets us somewhere, I was thinking that Nagilum's harsh methods could advance us quickly, based on a punctuated equilibria approach to evolution--isolated subpopulations subjected to dire selection pressures, with extreme mortality rates and fixing of recessives through inbreeding; then outbreeding for hybrid vigor. Nagilum's pocket universes applied to the Federation (or maybe the whole Alpha quadrant) would be ideal for that approach.
This method is needlessly brutal.
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Old April 16 2014, 01:59 AM   #54
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Re: Which Godlike beings would be the best at guiding humanity?

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I thought they did something with supernovae or something.
Whatever it was, there was a direct physical relation between what happened in the Q continuum and the galaxy. So it is possible to build weapons to attack Q.
They had to use supernovae to get them into the continuum, I don't remember the specifics.

Kinda. It implies there exists a weapon that can kill the Q, but they were only able to use it because they were in the civil war world created by the Q to make it possible for humans to perceive the continuum. So in any other case they wouldn't have been able to wield the weapon.
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